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Actress Arpita’s Ollywood link sparks speculation over ‘black money’ investment in Odia films

Shortly after the Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) recovered a diary from actress-model Arpita Mukherjee’s residence during a raid in Kolkata, speculation swirled that the latter , who is a close aide to West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee and arrested in connection with school work scam in Bengal, could have invested the black money in film production in Ollywood.

Notably, a black diary was recovered from Mukherjee’s residence during a raid and the diary is believed to hold the key to the alleged scam.

According to sources, the diary contains details of many prominent figures including politicians, film directors and producers.

Arpita was active in the Bengali and Odia film industries between 2008 and 2014 and she had starred in at least six Odia films during the period, sparking speculation that she may have ties to major directors, producers and production houses of the Odia film industry.

It is suspected that she also produced the films. The actress has starred in ‘Vande Utkal Janani’, ‘Prema Rogi’, ‘Kemiti Aa Bandhana’, ‘Mu Kana Ete Kharap’ and ‘Raju Awaara’.

Additionally, many wondered if she got the movies because of her talent or if she used the money from the scam to produce the movies and be a part of them.

Several questions have been raised about his involvement in the films, as most of them did not do well at the box office. The exact contents of the Dark Diary will only be known after ED reveals more information about it.

However, Odia film producer Basant Sahoo laughed off the allegations and said, “She was an aspiring actress and played small roles. We used to provide work for her. It is laughable that ‘she was producing the films when she herself was struggling at the time.”

Meanwhile, Batakrushna Tripathy, a former police official, said: “An investigation should be carried out to determine whether she really used the black money to produce the films.”

Meanwhile, Chatterjee and Mukherjee have been taken into custody until August 3.

It is worth mentioning that Education Minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested by the ED in connection with the alleged School Service Commission (SSC) scam in West Bengal. The ED has unearthed numerous disproportionate assets of Partha Chatterjee since his arrest, including three apartments in West Bengal’s Diamond City.

Partha Chatterjee’s arrest followed the recovery of Rs 21 crore in cash and jewelry worth over Rs 1 crore from the Kolkata residence of Arpita Mukherjee, a close associate of the former education minister .